With an annual economic impact of more than $27 billion, the automotive sector is now an integral part of the state's economy. As a result, a wide range of companies that support all aspects of automotive manufacturing—assemblers, parts suppliers and raw material producers—are based here.

It all started in 1994, when the first South Carolina-made BMW rolled off of the assembly line at the company's Upstate manufacturing facility. More than two decades later, the Palmetto State has become a leader in automotive manufacturing. South Carolina currently leads the US in the export of completed passenger vehicles. Moreover, the state also ranks first in both the production and export of tires, accounting for nearly one-third of the US market share.

Why is SC Just Right for Automotive?

#1 in the export sales of both tires and completed passenger vehicles
58,000 people employed in the automotive industry
14,000 jobs added in automotive since 2011

"The region has very highly skilled workers, a dense network of reliable suppliers and an outstanding logistics infrastructure that includes good transport connections to the nearby harbor.”

Volker Mornhinweg, head of Mercedes-Benz Vans
$6 billion in capital investment since 2011
4x Over the last two decades, the size of South Carolina's automotive industry has quadrupled
Top 10 One of the top 10 fastest-growing labor forces in the nation

More than 400 automotive-related companies call SC home.

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